Janet Miller of Kamloops and Virginia Laveau of Barriere received the first-ever Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards at the Interior Authors Group summer social held at Chartwell Ridgepointe over the weekend.
Miller won in the category of writing with a Kamloops theme.
“Her poem, simply titled Kamloops, captures the essence of our beautiful city in 100 words that strongly appeal to readers' senses and emotions,” noted Elma Schemenauer, a local author.
The poem was written in the "1-10, 10-1" form she learned while attending a Kamloops Library workshop led by its creator, author Richard Wagamese.
Laveau won in the nature category. Her article, Contemplations of a Mule Deer, movingly depicts the life, forested mountain home and last days of a mule deer injured while trying to protect her fawns from a cougar.
Both the Kamloops and nature theme awards brought cash prizes and certificates for the winners. Accompanying each award is a cash donation to the IAG to support its growth and educational activities. The yearly deadline for submissions is March 21. Each award will be issued annually to a member in good standing of the IAG. There is no fee to enter.
For more about the awards, please see http://elmams.wix.com/awards. For more about the IAG, see https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/.